Category: Soundtrack Reviews

MP3: Trumbo (2015)

MP3: Trumbo (2015)

October 15, 2015 | By

Theodore Shapiro’s score is a small work of art, a discrete portrait of the celebrated screenwriter whose career was quashed after the HUAC hearings, sending Dalton Trumbo to jail with nine other Hollywood artists…

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MP3: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The (2015)

MP3: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The (2015)

September 7, 2015 | By

John Paesano’s background in scoring video games is evident in this extremely taut, action-packed score that mixes straight dramatic action cues with a slight level of wry humour, using a large orchestral palette and occasionally hefty doses of modernism…

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MP3: Fantastic Four (2015)

MP3: Fantastic Four (2015)

September 7, 2015 | By

The question certainly begs, seeing the names of Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami attached to a comic book action film: What the heck does a score sound like when the two composers come from very different generational backgrounds?

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MP3: Advantageous (2015)

MP3: Advantageous (2015)

September 7, 2015 | By

Newcomer Timo Chen’s music for the sci-fi drama Advantageous is primarily synth-based, although some of the integrated sounds stem from an electric violin and an instrument Chen crafted himself, dubbed the Jimbow, described as “a voltage modified rotary tool” for buffing and grinding surfaces…

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CD: Bloodborne (2015)

CD: Bloodborne (2015)

August 19, 2015 | By

One would initially suspect a video game score composed by five might have a few discontinuities, but for the most part Bloodbourne maintains a strong epic tone, as performed by one massive orchestra. Ryan Amon’s contributions (which tend to make up the bulk of the score) establish the main theme…

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CD: Boy Named Charlie Brown, A (1969)

CD: Boy Named Charlie Brown, A (1969)

August 19, 2015 | By

After seven TV specials, it seemed inevitable that Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters would make the leap to the big screen, and their theatrical debut came with Vince Guaraldi’s jazz themes plus new songs performed and co-written by Rod McKuen, an occasional film composer, songwriter, poet, and author…

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CD: 12 Monkeys (2015)

CD: 12 Monkeys (2015)

August 19, 2015 | By

Tasked with creating a sound that would match the new 12 Monkeys TV series, yet somehow harken back to the themes of the original 1995 film, Trevor Rabin and Paul Linford’s score uses pulses and chimes to infer physical and emotional states where there’s no firm historical rooting, no grasp of time or style or culture…

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CD: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

CD: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

August 6, 2015 | By

Joe Kraemer’s real auspicious debut came in the form of the oddball The Way of the Gun (2000), the directorial debut of The Usual Suspects (1995) writer Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie went back to screenwriting for a lengthy period and re-emerged as director of Jack Reacher (2012), this time opting for a decisive 70s suspense thriller where violence remained just under the hood instead of being overt and visually chaotic…

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MP3: Mr. Holmes (2015)

MP3: Mr. Holmes (2015)

August 6, 2015 | By

Carter Burwell’s never stopped working since making his debut with the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple (1984), and although he remains the writing-directing duo’s main music man, Burwell’s also handled a variety of genres in film and TV, but where he’s arguably at his best is crafting simple themes with minimal instrumentation for characters in delicate, absurd, or surreal circumstances…

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CD: Warlock (1989)

CD: Warlock (1989)

August 6, 2015 | By

When Intrada released their first LP and later CD editions of Jerry Goldsmith’s score, the film was already well-known as one of the last productions from Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, a great little indie company that specialized in a mix of B and occasional art house films, if not unconventional thrillers that would’ve been turned down by major studios…

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